Analog vs. Digital pt. 2

The DAW, for most, is the readily available, user friendly and affordable choice.  And while the digital medium does not sonically do what an analog recording does, in the sense that it does not have the same limitations as analog, it has some powerful features that make it a far better choice for many music production professionals and hobbyists alike.  What you record in a digital format remains as it was recorded.  There is no migration of magnetic energy, which causes the anomalies that are inherent in analog recording. Tape noise is not a concern, although healthy record levels are still important, you definitely have more room for error. Economically, it’s a no brainer.  Besides the relatively low cost of the equipment, the cost of hard drive space is a small fraction of the cost of equivalent recording space on analog tape. 

In the digital world there are virtually no track number limitations.  Typically, with analog you are confined to 46 effective tracks (48 - 2 SMPTE timecode)  (could have comment here about the Mitsubishi machine with more tracks - 32 per machine?) That limitation forces decision making along the way that can be put off until the mix with digital. Things will potentially have to be sub-mixed to reduce the track usage with analog.

With digital you can save a take and do another one.  With analog you may not have another track and you have to choose whether or not to keep a performance, or loose it forever.  This will cause you to accept slight imperfections in a performance to retain something magical.

In digital you can copy and paste performances from one section to another easily and with multiple tracks.  This is a much greater challenge in the analog format, and would most often be superseded by simply performing the part in each and every section.  This results in a more human and authentic performance. 

In the digital world, small timing corrections can be applied to every track to ensure that everything is as tight as possible, and pitch correction can be used to eliminate any out of tune vocals.  In analog those would be ridiculous, time consuming propositions that are better reserved for the worst, most desperate situations.  The more practical thing would be to re-perform it.  Play it better.  Sing it better.